The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film
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The Complete Viewers' Guide to the Weirdest Movies of All Time!

From the slightly offbeat to the outlandishly bizarre...from the no-budget quickie to the multimillion-dollar box-office smash...

Psychotronic films range from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes to E.T....from Angel's Wild Women and Hellcats of the Navy to/Dismember Mama and Let Me Die A Woman...from sincere social c...more
Paperback, 815 pages
Published November 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (P) (first published October 12th 1983)
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Mike Lester
This one dates back to the early years of home video, and was one of the essential books for movie geeks to own up until about the mid 1990s. From the editor of the late, lamented Psychotronic Video magazine, this book served as a checklist of films to seek out, and also introduced a lot of us to titles we'd only heard about but never dreamed of actually seeing. Even though other reference books have now surpassed it, this one will always be on that short list of essential film geek classics. R....more
Jason Coffman
I defy any film fan to open this massive guide to any random page and not find at least one movie they absolutely NEED to see. Weldon's groundbreaking guide to b-horror, teensploitation, Tarzan movies, Elvis movies, cheap sci-fi, and all manner of other cinematic oddities is a must-have for the bookshelf of any serious student of weird movies.
Steve
This book introduced me to the film genre called "fucked up shit." As fascinating as well-made films can be, there is a wide world of wonder comprised of inept, cheapo genius, exploitation and just hardcore weird movies. A seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove for film freaks.
Chris
Sep 28, 2007 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves movies
Possibly the most dogeared, passionate A to Z film reference ever written.
It's a shame that it went out of print, but you can find $30 used copies of it at www.abebooks.com (the worlds greatest source for used books).
Algernon
Full of information, entertaining reviews, and photographs, about a breathtaking range of interesting movies from big budget flops to shoestring-budget schlock, the most notorious to the most obscure.
Brian
Weldon's first film guide is 800+ pages of essential reading for fans of bizarre and obscure movies. Buy it, read it, love it. Essential.
Michael
Mar 09, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Film buffs, sci fi fans, weirdoes, msties
Recommended to Michael by: Psychotronic Magazine
Shelves: film-guides
As the back suggest, this book is essential for fans of "ghouls, sci fi, beach blankets, drag racing, sex changes, crazed farmers, mad scientists, disaster, jungles, rock n' roll, gorillas, killer teens, bikers, ax murderers, cave women, sex goddesses, vampires and surfing" (he forgot Elvis movies and Spooky Old Houses...). Written before the advent of home video, it was intended to serve as a guide to those late-night movies that local syndicated channels ran before the Star Spangled Banner and...more
Lurple
If you're into cult, weird or so-called "psyhcotronic" films, there is no finer guide in existence at this time. The books seem to be out of print, but dig around and find yourself a copy. You're likely to find a trove of films you've never heard of that are begging to be watched. Weldon is probably the top writer on the subject, and the books aren't up to date, but they're still invaluable for film buffs.
Swanson
Capsule reviews of films produced by the hucksters, renegades, visionaries, unsung geniuses, and psychopaths from the glorious history of 20th century exploitation movie making. Sadly, and for economic reasons related to print and postal costs, the Psychotronic Video Guide magazine is no longer available but, a lot of what appeared in it up through the '90s is contained in this book.
Seth
A huge tome of B-film reviews, not always an accurate description, but for sheer volume of information on bizarre shit, it's unsurpassed.
Rex McCulloch
The first, and probably still the best all-around guide to what's now typically referred to as "grindhouse" cinema.
James
The greatest (and funniest) source of information about cult/grade z movies that I've ever come across.
Ralph
One of the first and certainly one of the best film guides of out there films.
Jason Vedder
I am in Weldon's debt, but I am still owed one more issue!
Ramey Moore
No more perfect volume has ever been conceived by mortals.
Joseph
Essential resource for lovers of bad cinema.
Chris S
Thousands of obscure films and b-movies. Perfect!
Larry
The one that started it all...
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